INDIANAPOLIS – An ATV crash that killed a woman and two children remains under investigation.
Andrea Allen, 22, was killed after the ATV she was driving slammed into a concrete barrier in Clay County along County Road 200 North. Allen’s two children were on the ATV; 2-year-old Xavier Rawls survived the crash. He remains at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in stable condition. His brother, 1-year-old Jaylen Rawls, was killed. A fourth passenger, 2-year-old Nevaeh Dempsey—a family friend—was also killed.
Allen’s children were visiting their mother from Illinois.
Department of Natural Resources investigators believe speeding and alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Allen did not own the ATV, which hit a concrete barrier Sunday around 6 p.m. before catching fire.
DNR officials released two 911 calls made the day of the crash.
“We have a woman in Center Point on 200 North on a four-wheeler with three young babies in front of her with nothing, but diapers on and she is flying,” one witness told a dispatcher before the crash.
Another person called dispatchers around the same time, telling them to send a fire truck and ambulance to the scene.
“You have what, sir?” the dispatcher asked.
“(There’s) a four-wheeler with a little girl and the baby….the baby (is) in the ditch…” the man said.
An Indianapolis man was fishing with two friends nearby when the crash happened. Franklin Davis Junior pulled Allen and her son Xavier from the burning wreckage and also tried to save a second child before the flames became too overwhelming. He didn’t see a third child.
“It was so intense and, at that time, I looked back down on into the fire where the child was and he had already started to burn,” Davis said.